NBC Chicago sports reporter Paula Faris knows a thing or two about college basketball. But the NCAA tournament is so unpredictable, she figured anyone has a chance to get the picks right.
Including her two-year-old daughter.
Caroline filled her bracket out in crayon, with a little help from Mommy. And after a wild first day of tournament play, she's not doing too bad. (Scroll down for video of Caroline making her picks.)
The toddler successfully called Washington's upset win over Marquette, while her mom had the Golden Eagles in the Sweet 16. The younger Faris also picked St. Mary's, a 10th-seed, over the 7th-seeded Spiders of Richmond. She's predicted St. Mary's to make a cinderella run into the Elite Eight, which, after the Gaels' command performance yesterday, doesn't seem so preposterous.
Caroline also had Robert Morris over Villanova and Montana over New Mexico, two massive upsets that came dangerously close to happening. Villanova needed overtime to oust the 15 seed Robert Morris; Montana hung in with the Lobos until the final minute.
Both Farises got burned by Ohio's stunning upset over Georgetown, who they both had picked in the Sweet 16; neither of them predicted Murray State's miraculous game-winner over Vanderbilt or Notre Dame's early exit to Old Dominion.
Mom's Final Four has Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia and Duke; daughter's is Kansas, Syracuse, West Virginia and Texas A&M.
Here's Paula Faris's bracket:
And here's her daughter Caroline's:
Watch Paula help Caroline make her picks:
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